Davutoglu issues Ankara’s “Final Words” to Syria…US says it could not confirm reports on Syrian warships firing
The United States said Monday it could not confirm media reports that Syria’s navy shelled the Syrian port of Latakia.
Claiming that gunboats shelled the city on Sunday, the so-called opposition activists called for international support.
However, US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said there was no confirmation of such an attack.
“We have been unable to confirm actually the use of naval assets,” Nuland told reporters, adding the “jury is still out on whether or not Syrian warships opened fire.”
She added “there were some inconsistencies in the reporting on the alleged incident.”
An official military source denied as “completely untrue some provocative satellite channels reports that a navy boat shelled al-Ramel al-Janoubi neighborhood in Lattakia.”
The source stressed to SANA that “the navy boats do their usual duties represented in the protection of the Syrian coasts, preventing the smuggling of weapons into the country across the sea as it happened in other areas.”
Similarly, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights only reported heavy machine-gun fire in the city.
On the other hand in Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu issued on Monday Ankara’s “final words” to Syria, calling for “immediately” halting the unrest taking place across the country.
“This is our final word to the Syrian authorities, our first expectation is that these operations stop immediately and unconditionally”, Davutoglu told a news conference.
“If these operations do not stop there will be nothing left to say about the steps that would be taken”, he said, without elaborating.